How to Read a Poem: Autodidact, Episode 2

In this episode of the Autodidact, Dr. Fleming takes on the often-requested question of how to read a poem. He examines a few lines from John Milton’s Paradise Lost through better-known lenses like rhyme and meter, but also lesser-known ones like anaclasis, elision, and assonance.

Episode 1: Mystery and Detective Stories

Original Air Date: October 4, 2018
Show Run Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
Show Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Fleming
Show Host(s): Stephen Heiner


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3 Responses

  1. Avatar Allen Wilson says:

    This is very edifying, and deserves repeated listening.

  2. Avatar Ken Rosenberger says:

    I concur with Mr Wilson, and hope you’ll do more podcasts on the subject, perhaps featuring poetry from the 19th and 20th Centuries. I’d really like to hear a podcast on Pound and Eliot, even one on each (though I know you’re not crazy about Pound’s verse in general). A comparison of Eliot’s Waste Land versus his Ash Wednesday periods, would be fascinating to me, as I’ve heard you comment on both poems, in the past.

  3. Avatar Ken Rosenberger says:

    I should also mention that this podcast has inspired me to pick up Milton for the first time in my life. I swallowed the cant of feckless English professors, who were rather dismissive of Paradise Lost. I suppose it was easier for them to dismiss it than to actually engage with it to the degree Dr Fleming apparently has.